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- The Annual CAARC Christmas Pot Luck Supper will be held on Sunday December 6th in east Red Deer at the Eastview Community Center .The address is 120 Ellenwood Drive west of 30 Ave and north of 39 Street Please bring a food item dish and or dessert. The club will provide the turkey, ham and other fixings. If possible please bring a cash donation for the Salvation Army. We meet at the hall from 5:00PM until supper around 6:00 PM.
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The Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday Nov 18th at the Red Deer Search and Rescue. Congratulations to the members who were elected to the new executive.
CAARC Executive for 2015 – 2016
Past President Bob King VE6BLD
President– Stephen Lee VA6SGL
Vice President– Rod Lins VE6XY
Secretary– Sandy Jacobs VE6SND
Treasurer– Karen McKinney VA6LDY
- Brian Davies VE6CKC
- Garry Jacobs VE6CIA
- Greg McKinney VA6GMC
- Jeff Low VA6JL
- Mike Mailiot VE6MIM
Skip MacAulay VE6BGT
Jeff Low VA6JL
Bob King VE6BLD
Bob King VE6BLD
Bob King VE6BLD
Come to the next Club General Meeting November 18, 2015 to qualify for a $1.00 draw ticket for an Icom IC-229H VHF mobile radio.
One ticket per person, must be there to win. Hope to see you all there.
Congratulations to the winner Rick VE6RAK Enjoy the radio Rick!
I bought a package of 10 SO-239 chassis connectors on eBay at a great price. The connectors looked good, teflon insulation, gold plated pins. However it was not possible to thread a PL-259 male connector on more than 2 or 3 turns.
I then understood why the price was so low. I decided that the solution was to re-thread the connectors. I looked for a die at local tool stores but no luck – I was told that 5/8-24 was a thread used in electrical connectors but not commonly used by machinists. Checking on Amazon it became clear that the proper die was available at reasonable cost as a “gunsmiths” die.
As soon as it arrived I tried it. I did not have a holder for this size die so I used a “Quick-clamp” with rubber pads. I used lots of cutting oil and took my time cutting the threads. The result was a bare brass thread which easily took the Amphenol PL-259 connector.
I don’t know if the manufacturer in China used a 16 mm die in place of 5/8″ or if they failed to take the thickness of the nickle plating into account when cutting threads. Whatever the reason now I have the tool to make it right!
The photos tell the story. 73 and keep on building. Earl VA6TJ
The Annual CAARC Christmas Pot Luck Supper
will be held on Sunday December 6th in east Red Deer at the Eastview Community Center .The address is 120 Ellenwood Drive west of 30 Ave and north of 39 Street
Please bring a food item dish and or dessert. The club will provide the turkey, ham and other fixings. If possible please bring a cash donation for the Salvation Army. We meet at the hall from 5:00PM until supper around 6:00 PM.
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There will be a draw for the above Gizmo also at this meeting. Please be prepared to add your personal touch to enhance this ongoing fun project.
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Remote tuners are offered by MFJ, LDG and others. Here is my brief review of the LDG RT-100 tuner.
I purchased the tuner new, at what I considered was a competitive price. As you can see from the photo I am using it to tune a horizontal loop antenna close to the feed-point. The tuner is matching a short section of low loss open wire line and not a long section of coax. The tuner requires 12V DC at low current so I powered it from a gel cell battery and a small solar trickle charger panel (CND$14). This remote solar power arrangement has been in operation for several months now without issue.
The tuner finds a match from 80 – 10 meters on the random length loop (~130m of #10 multi-strand insulated wire, 10m high).
I have found a few issues with tuning; i.e. failing to find a good match on a band or frequency. As per the instruction manual a tune can be “forced” by changing bands, re-tuning and then returning to the frequency you want to operate on.
The second issue noted is a de-tune with changing weather / moisture conditions. For example rain or heavy dew on the antenna may cause the antenna to re-tune. This does not often happen but it is inconvenient there is a re-tune cycle in the middle of a QSO.
I experimented with different baluns and found that a 4:1 air core balun worked best for me. This balun is very easy and inexpensive to make using parts from the hardware store. The antenna is maintained at DC ground through the balun and tuner. (Yes, the ground wire should have been green…major fail !)
Using the remote tuner I was able to operate on SSB effectively on multiple bands with a single wire antenna using only 100 W. The loop antenna was found to be very quiet as a receive antenna. On 20m a signal barely audible on a dipole was perfectly Q5 on the loop antenna.
So if your opportunities for erecting antennas are restricted my experience shows that a multi band wire antenna with a remote tuner and one feedline can be an effective way to operate HF.
This year’s Rocky Mountain Rally (RMR) will be hosted in Invermere BC on Saturday October 31st and Sunday November 1st.
Radio operator support of the car rallies is critical for the safety of the event. Earlier this year at the Radium car rally there was a crash and a car caught fire. The quick thinking of Net Control and effective communications with involved radio operators swiftly reduced the threat of fire spreading to the surrounding forest. Both driver and navigator were unharmed because of the rally car’s safety features.
This year’s RMR will be a big event. Approximately 26 radio operators will be needed. If you can come out and help please register here.
The CSCC will be providing:
- Free shared accommodation at Copper Point Resort for the Friday October 30th and Saturday October 31st.
- Lunch and possibly a volunteer recognition event on Saturday October 31st.
With the approval of the AGLC, CARA will be providing a fuel and meal subsidy for each day you participate in the event. CARA is applying for a $50 per day gas subsidy and $15 per day meal subsidy.
More details around volunteer assignments, accommodation’s, events and subsidies will be posted here as they become available.
Thanks for your support,
Calgary Amateur Radio Association
Don’t you hate when disaster strikes?
Tomorrow morning, Saturday October 3, 2015 at 10:00am a tornado will hit Stettler Alberta with a devastating force. The town of 3800 will be in a state of emergency and the toll switch being damaged by the storm, disconnected the town from the outside world. No cell, no internet, no long distance phones. The trailer court population of 500 being damaged the most, are in need of transport, triage and care facility that can only be provided by CFB Cold Lake. (shut up, it’s my scenario) (It is almost a half hour drive from Stettler to Cold Lake tomorrow.)
There is a large facility that can house injured people. There is a large population of first aid trained personnel at the base (all of them) and hospital personnel are being shuttled back and forth, along with casualties, as the hospital is so overwhelmed they welcome any and all assistance. Critically ill at the hospital, walking wounded at the base. GO FROM THERE GUYS…
This is a do it where you are SET, so no travel to real locations is required. Only if you need to get to a set up HF station or if your local EC wishes to engage a club station, EOC or etc. Please work that out locally amoungst yourselves if not prearranged.
Thank heaven for amateur radio to the rescue. I would like to wind it down by 13:00.
The usual (there is nothing usual about a disaster) HF frequencies of 3.675, 7.135, 14.135, 18.135, 21.235, and 29.235MHz SSB and 3.596, 7.096, 14.096, 18.096, 21.096 and 28.096MHz digital are available. Lets try to settle on 14.096 for digital and 14.135 voice, if it will work. We may need to move, but I doubt if 80M will work that time of day.
I have taken the liberty to assume we are welcome to use the Discovery Reflector on 9010 for IRLP. Please try to connect there if we have no radio path otherwise.
You can try to echolink in to VE6QE-R if all else fails and see what happens.
I have VERY limited experience with WINLINK but will try to be running VE6CIA on there, so we can try that also. I again an assuming I can be on 14.096 and be available to be connected to. If I am out to lunch on that (all suggestions are welcome) please advise and I will adjust accordingly. Emails should be able to come via that method to email@example.com. Those more savvy in that, (probably all of you) let me know how out to lunch I am.
We will have the SARA system, the CAARC system, including the VE6YXR ARES UHF systems linked, so get on there if possible.
They will all also be connected to the IRLP reflector so please don’t double connect anything on us or we will have another disaster.
for information on locations and frequencies available.
Let me know what you think and hope to see you tomorrow. (hear that is) I know I will have forgotten something so please advise gently.
Thanks all who can and will participate…Garry VE6CIA RAC Alberta SM